Serena Williams Final Championship

“I played against her twice,” Bogert says. NOS with a view of tomorrow. “Once in doubles at the US Open and once in the Olympics, in the final. That was great.”

Tense

Danka Kovinic of Montenegro was her first competition and said that she was very nervous because of this match against the international tennis icon. Boogert understands that very well. “It is different with Kovinic than when I played against her. Serena’s CV is now more comprehensive.”

embarrassed

She’s an icon. She looks impressive. Not only on the track, but also off the track. If you’ve never played against her before, you’re curious: How fast is she going? Because if you watch other people’s matches, you’ll see that she can crush players. It really is. A lot of work to get one match.”

“You are expected to come out on the track with some confidence. This will nibble you. She has the appearance of feeling like she is already 3-0 ahead and then you still have to start.”

Serena

“Venus, of course, is her older sister, who was the first on the scene. She had already won before Serena arrived. But her dad always said: Venus is good, but wait. Another is coming and it’s even better. So everyone’s expectations were very high. Serena’s matches were full. .everyone came to see and they were curious.”

“Before you play against them for the first time, you don’t really talk, you really have to get to know each other a little bit. You’ll see each other in the locker room. What you do. If you play against her, something else comes up. It’s not like, ‘Oh my God, let’s have coffee.'” But I’ve seen them both alike often after my career. Then it is immediately like: Ah, how nice to see you, how are you? How are you at home? How is your family? Then again.”

development

“There was a lot of talk about her, and a lot was expected of her. The results were very fast too. However, the Williams family was criticized for not always playing a full schedule. Many tennis players play year-round, sometimes having periods where they take sabbaticals. Rest from the rest. Then I wondered: Why? Were they injured or what is happening? At that time they were already developing themselves in a different area.”

“Whether it’s a course or a workshop or a study. They’ve always been busy with something other than tennis. It’s very dangerous, if you take your focus off that. But they managed to split that up nicely. In the end, of course, the great thing about Serena’s career, it’s long. Incredibly, is that she’s got nearly two and a half careers for an average player. So the development across the board, not only tennis, as a person. But also: of course they have a background. Two black girls who wanted to make it into an elite sport, bumped into it, and suffered from it. And over the years things got better and better.”

Effect

“They were very important. I have a feeling they felt somewhat behind the neighborhoods they came from. Not much was possible. The urge to prove was enormous. You can see from the development, first from Venus, then with an extra push from Serena, That they were able to use that well as a platform. To form their own opinion as well, to create more opportunities for children of color in underserved areas. They worked hard for it. Serena’s empire is not only on the tennis court. She is active and good in many areas.”

Example

Haitian Japanese tennis star Osaka says she wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for Williams. Boogert sees Serena’s influence there, too. “Osaka talked about it, but you also have a younger girl, Coco Gauff, who is now 18 and the world’s number one in doubles. Her role model was Serena at a very young age.”

“I’m not saying she was just an example for girls of color. I think she’s an example in general. But I think she got a little more involved with the little girls on the tour, engaging them, training with them, sharing experiences with them. You don’t always see that in front of the cameras and that’s a shame.” She’s known sometimes for not being so cute, but she actually is. You don’t see that side often.”

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